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Re: [RC] Dr. Miller - Truman Prevatt

Actually I don't think it is unfortunate - it is true. While it is not a majority or even a small minority - they are there. Make no mistake about it - for some few riders human ego is much more important that the welfare of their horse. I've seen it too many in my time as has anyone that has been around for awhile. There are many issues that this bring forth. First you will never completely rid the sport of such people unless you make it so anal you drive them away in which case you drive most of the most of the good people away also.

The way to best control it is good vets who know what they are doing and have the gumption to stand up for the horses if need be. The good news most of our vets fit that mold.


Smith, Dave wrote:

I have had the good fortune to have met and talked with Dr. Miller on several occasions and I have found him to a most thoughtful scientist who cares deeply about the horses and other critters he has treated over his many years of veterinary practice. I’ve read and learned from his books on horse behavior and imprinting foals. The article reprinted on this website is, in my view, very timely and very accurate. He is saying things that need to be said. And he has the stature to be heard. That he apparently believes that some endurance riders are more interested in winning than in the welfare of their horses is unfortunate. But rather than condemn him, or this point of view, maybe we should concentrate more on educating him on the modern mindset of those who participate in our sport. I believe him to be fair-minded and perhaps we, as an organization, should invite him to one of our rides, such as the Tevis or the Old Dominion and encourage him observe for himself the care we give to our four-footed partners. And at the same time, perhaps we ought to reexamine our own motivations and behavior just to assure ourselves that he isn’t seeing something that we have been too blind to see.


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[RC] Dr. Miller, Smith, Dave